What Does Your DNA Say About You

Overnight, a story appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News..

king-salmon-adn-1985Regarding the disappearing monster-sized King Salmon. [Source] Between the lines I read that they wish for the DNA of great sized fish of a generation ago so they could compare the results against fish caught today, hoping to determine why the fish are shrinking. Changing.

Someone would say the monster fish is gone due to climate changes, habitat restriction, or even simply being fished out by an abundance of ways that fish are pulled from the waters. Regardless of the reason, it’s simply obvious that we are no longer seeing these fish because the DNA of the modern world has changed. Technology, gear, human needs over the needs of wildlife and earth…all has produced a smaller, and maybe inferior, product.

Then a quick overnight conversation with a cousin prompted this thought:

What was the DNA of our forefathers
that produced so many great things
that so easily gets lost to the next generation?

I am concerned about what we as parents produce and foster into our children that ends up being nothing like what we are ourselves. True, what is magic and unattainable in one generation, gets challenged and conquered by the next generation, and finally viewed as a “so what” moment of the next generation.

We see this time and again by many different generations of examples. From the natural to technological changes, from lack of science to a wide variety of sciences. From the culture of denial, to the culture of total acceptance. From the spiritual of a century ago, compared to what spiritual looks like today. From what was once sin is now explained away by those cramming a “new way” of looking at the modern world.

Truth be told, this has probably been the same issue experienced by every generation since the Garden of Eden. I’ve quoted it several times recently, but it seems to be truer in these extremely modern times we live in today.

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” ~John Wesley

Then I thought back to my great grandparents. Livingston, Texas. Committed to their doctrine and beliefs, they undoubtedly prayed for their children as if they were another nation that Jesus commanded them to reach (Matthew 28:19) and by example of Peter’s message in Jerusalem on the day the church was founded:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (Acts 2:38-40 KJV)

The promised is to you. Your Children. And all those far off into the future, and by happenstance of location. Save Yourselves! What? This means we become responsible for ourselves and all future generations that will look back for the source of their choices. We are not simply living for ourselves! We are attempting to be an impact into the future.

My thought? Your DNA is replicated through generational times. What makes you short vs tall, light vs dark, gives you your eye and hair colors, makes your voice do crazy and beautiful things, allows your mind to be either mechanical or creative… all these DNA choices get wrapped up and compiled into the next generation as possibilities. Add the DNA from other sources (spouse, culture, science), and there is no real telling what the next generation will be like.

Additionally, our DNA gets modified by what we allow to affect it every single day. Even astronauts are going through experiences that scientist say are modifying their DNA… Headline:

Scott Kelly’s DNA Changed During His Year in Space [Source]

This tells me we can change our DNA by the choices we make today. Right now. Doctors are urging everyone to get out and exercise daily. Even 30 minutes a day will make you heart healthy. Now! Do it!

This is why I have challenged myself on a natural front, as well as spiritual. I am working on changing my DNA. Healthier eating and living, as well as more focused on spiritual disciplines. For those that do not understand the spiritual, I’m focusing on things like Prayer, Meditation, Devotion, Word of God, Attending to God’s house, and Building up an arsenal of good spiritual habits that will change who I am into the future, and will prayerfully make a difference in my offspring somewhere down the road.

Some of these changes will be easy,
while others will be hard,
and still some may be impossible to reach
unless a miracle occurs.

How do you make changes? Surround yourselves with good examples of those who are living the way you want to become, and relieve yourselves of those that speak the negative into your world… No little devils on my shoulder!

But that’s my DNA battle. Change who I was, and be the best I can become. Are you ready to change?